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Level: LB Advent Calendar 2018 - Another Winter Forest back home search
Author(s): AgentXP Jesus C.Croft LoreRaider Sponge tombraiderxii
total rating:9.03 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
Adrian 7 7 9 8
ameliacrofty 7 8 10 10
Jay 9 9 10 10
JesseG 6 9 9 10
Jorge22 9 9 10 10
manarch2 6 8 10 10
Phil 9 9 10 10
Ryan 9 9 10 9
Victoria 10 10 10 10
category averages
(9 reviews)
8.00 8.67 9.78 9.67

Reviewer's comments

"And here's my late review for the last Advent Calendar level of 2018, a team effort that is visually astonishing right from the very start. That is indeed its main feature, the incredible looks of the whole settings and how that adds up to the whole atmosphere. I had to get a new computer and then find out how to make Tomb Raider run in it in the meantime and that's why it's such a late review. No weapons and no enemies, a frozen Russian theme, rather nice puzzles and a lot of exploring. Lara's animation is perfect except for how she almost stumbles every time she slides or falls - artistic freedom, I get that. Not exactly Christmassy and the ending feels a bit sudden (or maybe I was expecting fireworks) but definitely recommended. Thank you indeed everyone." - Jorge22 (13-Jan-2019)

"Simply enchanting. Definitely not Christmas, but rather a stiff dose of seasonal pagan nonsense with excessive chanting and unintelligible mumbo jumbo. But then, I play Tomb Raider not for its spiritual overtones but for the gaming enjoyment it provides. The level overflows with wintry ambiance from start to finish, the visual amenities are superb and everything is lighted to perfection, all of which makes for a delightful 40 minutes or so. There are no enemies, but a number of dying opportunities are presented, so it's essential to be on your guard at all times. Dutchy has given us a compact but complete written guide that also documents the level's only secret. It's completely different from Croftmas Manor, but excellent in its own right, hence my high scores. A level with more charm you will rarely encounter." - Phil (12-Jan-2019)

"Nicely created forest level with appropriate textures & atmosphere. Simple linear gameplay. Not much in the way of puzzles. No enemies. Only the one easy secret. Got burnt by a poorly placed moveable block that forced a restart/reload if you moved it out instead of in. Overall good, but I was hoping for more." - Adrian (12-Jan-2019)

"And so the advent calendar ends with another joint effort of five builders this time. I must say that I am impressed on how the scenery is created, the atmosphere is magical and stunning throughout and I don't notice any "patchwork design" often happening in other team levels. Texturing, lighting, sounds, all are done faultlessly in my opinion and it works extremely well together. The gameplay might be the downside of the whole thing, but it's still fluent and charming for the time it lasts. I just feel that most areas, especially towards the end, are severely underused and you often just find and/or place an item in each of them. There are a few decent tasks here and there, like the timed run, but they are a bit too few overall. I also think that the single secret is little more than placed as an afterthought and way too easy to find, but the object design and the various characters are fantastic and add to the story nicely. Overall a visually stunning and gameplaywise less inspired but still rather enjoyable 25 minute game." - manarch2 (04-Jan-2019)

"A wonderful surprise to end this year's Advent Calendar - a level to be 'opened' on Christmas morning; what a great idea. The settings are beautiful - it's like running around Narnia - and it all feels very realistic. The gameplay is varied and interesting and should appeal to all. Enjoy." - Jay (03-Jan-2019)

"Lara goes on a quest to complete her magic dust exchange. Gameplay is mostly exploration with some action sequences. More puzzles would have rounded out the level. There is one pushblock that I was unfortunate enough to pull outside first instead of pushing it in, and it wasn't until much later that I realized an uneven tile prevented me from pushing it back inside, making me stuck for good and needing an alternate save. The uneven tile should simply be removed to save frustration. The altered animations can also cause frustration, for example any time Lara lands after a jump straight up she stumbles back a couple of steps. The level is ornamented well, including nicely animated animals and people. However receptacles for some of the puzzle objects require a bit of guesswork. The flybys are nice, a couple of switches could use camera cues however. Immersion is great as it usually is for these advent levels. Texturing and lighting are very nicely done. Overall it is an enjoyable winter level to wander through, it just could have been made a little more player-friendly." - JesseG (01-Jan-2019)

"It's always a treat having a team effort in the Advent Calendar, and this is no exception. Lara gets to explore a magical, picturesque snowy forest settlement to return the Magic Dust to its owner and set the Lady of the Lake free. There's a lot of exploration to do, as well as a couple of block puzzles, a torch puzzle, a couple of timed runs and the good old item searches. I loved the attention to small details here like the birds feasting on leftover crumbs and the reindeer that you get up close with. The Back to Basics Northern Legends package is used to good advantage here and shows off the textures very nicely. I'd like to end this review by giving a big thanks to the Levelbase team for providing us with wonderful seasonal entertainment this year. You all should be proud." - Ryan (30-Dec-2018)

"Everything is great except for some strange objects that do not fit the theme used (in my opinion) parts of the game that are a bit boring and the lack of nice secrets but the atmosphere, textures and lighting are perfect." - ameliacrofty (28-Dec-2018)

"Fun level that takes place in a wintry, mountainous forest. The design of the level was beautiful. I was left in awe by the scenery. The level was moderately easy and fun. Another beautiful Christmas level all Advent Calendar level lovers should play!" - Victoria (26-Dec-2018)
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